Over the last 30 years Citizens UK has trained and supported over 5,000 civic leaders in what it calls ‘the art of politics in action’. This has led to one of the most significant developments in politics and public life since the creation of the Welfare State – thousands of citizens organising together, permanently, for the Common Good.
All this has been possible without a penny from local or national government. It has also delivered the largest and most diverse alliance of Organised people and their institutions in the UK. Neil Jameson’s Albert Medal address will summarise this story. It will focus on the universals for radical change that apply to any organisation or business with an ambition to organise for a fairer and more relational world.
The RSA Albert Medal is awarded for innovation in the fields of creativity, commerce and social improvements. Previous medallists have included Professor Stephen Hawking in 1999, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, in 2002 and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell in 2016.
Neil Jameson was awarded this honour in recognition of his services to community organising for the common good. In particular, for restoring thousands of citizens’ faith in politics, each other and their ability to be co-creators of history.
Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, called this effort spear-headed by Citizens UK under Neil Jameson’s leadership as “one of the most significant developments in politics and public life since the creation of the Welfare State – thousands of citizens organising together, permanently, for the Common Good”.
Neil thanked all who have been a part of his journey and the movement to revive the tradition of community organising in the UK: the leaders from hundreds of civic institutions who are members of Citizens UK, our staff team and those in the philanthropic community who have invested in our work.